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Foals Hold Court Uptown at United Palace on Friday Night

November 7th, 2016

Foals – United Palace – November 4, 2016

Foals - United Palace - November 4, 2016<

Amongst a wave of British alternative bands that have made it in the States, Foals have broken out of a traditional narrative. PopMatters described the group’s transformation best: “Ten years ago, Foals could have likely been classified as an indie-rock group, but now they’re an archetypal case of indies going mainstream. The hip haircuts and clean guitar leads belie the fundamental radio-rock aesthetic in which Foals purvey.” Touring in support of their recent release, What Went Down, the lads headed way uptown to the United Palace to unleash on a packed house on Friday night.

In the ornate venue, strobe lights marked the band’s entrance as they jammed through an opening prelude. Frontman Yannis Philippakis provided a hearty greeting before delivering the guttural “Snake Oil,” which was accompanied by drummer Jack Bevan’s heavy beats. The first wave of collective handclaps began with “Olympic Airways,” but the cadence of striking hands continued throughout the evening, with very few attendees remaining in their seats. The anthemic call of crowd favorite “My Number” had the audience chanting, “You don’t have my number,” while the hypnotic “Give It All” reset the room.

An array of pink, blue and streaming bright white lights bathed the United Palace’s carved walls full of exotic places and creatures. Rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith quickly slayed the opening chords of “Mountain at My Gates,” bringing everyone back to some heavy rock. The performance ebbed and flowed as the melodic opening of a crashing wave gave way to the lull of “Spanish Sahara.” Philippakis, in true form, hurled into the first few rows for the encore, “What Went Down,” his faithful fans holding him up as if he were walking over them. He and Foals truly ruled over the palace on Friday night. —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com


Foals Play United Palace on Friday Night

November 1st, 2016

Formed in Oxford, England, more than a decade ago, FoalsYannis Philippakis (vocals and guitar), Jack Bevan (drums), Jimmy Smith (guitar, synths and vocals), Walter Gervers (bass and vocals) and Edwin Congreave (keys, synths and vocals)—are well-known for their unique mix of post-punk, dance music and New Wave. Following the release of several singles that earned them buzz-band status, Foals’ debut full-length, the melancholic Antitdotes (stream it above), produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, came out in 2008. AllMusic called it “not merely a lesson in post–New Wave noodling, but evidence of the power and excitement of the genre and music itself.” The band’s been busy recording and touring ever since. Their most recent full-length, What Went Down (stream it below), arrived last year, impressing the folks at Rolling Stone: “Their fourth and best album plays up a dark, bracing urgency.” And while their albums are terrific, Foals (above, doing “What Went Down” at this year’s Lollapalooza) are most known for their live performances. So go see them play United Palace on Friday night. Bear Hands and Kiev open the show.


Foals – Terminal 5 – December 18, 2015

December 21st, 2015

Foals - Terminal 5 - December 18, 2015

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com


Lewis Del Mar Deliver in their Debut Show at Mercury Lounge

September 22nd, 2015

Lewis Del Mar – Mercury Lounge – September 21, 2015

The little known, but soon to make a splash Lewis Del Mar are locally based in Rockaway Beach, Queens. They’ve written, recorded and produced all of their songs from their bedroom in a bungalow down the street from the ocean. Influenced by the city, the beach and Latin America (a region they share familial ties to), their music has been compared to alt-J’s and Foals’ for the varying quality that fluctuates between simple to complex compositions. With shout-outs from the New York Times over the weekend, LDM debuted at a nearly sold-out Mercury Lounge on Monday night.

Against a backdrop of the band’s signature red and gold lines against a cityscape, the quintet opened with “Memories,” a track that’s already hit KCRW FM in Los Angeles and been spun by Zane Lowe on Beats 1. For a band with only two singles, Lewis Del Mar have garnered some serious attention from the right folks. The rest of last night’s set was an unveiling of what else they had up their sleeve, and beats were core to the band.

Bits of reggaeton and good ol’ rock infused the rest of the set. Drenched in back light for “Islands,” the simple guitars chords were supported with stomping tenor. Saving the best for last, “Loud(y)” newly baptized fans as they danced to the blips and beats. It’s not hard to see why NME were first to publish praise for the genre-blending track. For those lucky to witness Lewis Del Mar’s first show, they could say, “I saw them when.” So to answer NYT’s “it remains to be seen whether the group can conjure its high-wire act in a live setting,” it has been witnessed, and for the elated gang at Mercury Lounge it was a resounding yes. —Sharlene Chiu


Foals/Cage the Elephant – Terminal 5 – May 7, 2014

May 8th, 2014
Foals - Terminal 5 - May 7, 2014


Photos courtesy of Greg Pallante | gregpallante.com


Jagwar Ma Bring Summer Early to Williamsburg

December 3rd, 2013

Jagwar Ma – Rough Trade NYC – December 2, 2013

Photo courtesy of Jagwar Ma’s Facebook

Gabriel Winterfield and Jono Ma, the Aussie duo known as Jagwar Ma, create the kind of summery dance beats that would probably be more appropriate for the current summer season in their homeland. Their debut full-length, Howlin, reminds me of makeshift parties in the ’90s when friends would dance in garages as a lone disco ball glittered against the distressed interior. Bringing summer to the newly minted Rough Trade NYC outpost in Williamsburg, the boys from Down Under hit the stage with a slow burn.

Ma stepped up first to assume his spot behind the boards, creating the beats over which Winterfield crooned “What Love.”  Honorary member Jack Freeman joined the party, adding throbbing basslines on “Uncertainty.” Quickly dispatching tracks “Man I Need” and “Exercise,” there was no break between songs as the party raged on. White balloons bounced around the room and even made their way onto the stage. Freeman quickly kicked off the first one during “Let Her Go,” and Ma didn’t miss a beat as one of the rubber intruders hit his tables.

The crowd erupted in dance and bounced to “Come Save Me.” The synth-heavy “Four” highlighted Ma’s production prowess, which has been known to offer inspiration to bands like Foals. (The band’s namesake even produced music for films prior to forming his musical partnership with Winterfield. There’s no doubt Ma quietly provides the backbone to the band, as Winterfield takes center stage.) Soon the euphoria levels rose high for “The Throw,” and the set concluded without an encore. Despite that, attendees left happily into the night. —Sharlene Chiu

(Tonight’s Jagwar Ma show at The Bowery Ballroom is sold out.)


Foals – Terminal 5 – May 3, 2013

May 6th, 2013

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com


Foals – Terminal 5 – May 4, 2011

May 5th, 2011

Foals - Terminal 5 - May 4, 2011

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com